EXPANDING THE POOL: Former Hillsborough superintendent Earl Lennard jumps into the chase to become Florida education commissioner, as do about two dozen others. Hoping to lure even more candidates, the state extends the application deadline by 10 days.
TAKING ADVANTAGE OF TITLE I: Most school districts use their free and reduced-price lunch rates to calculate which schools qualify for the federal program. While easy, it often undercounts students in poverty. At least one Hernando County school is looking at other ways to get the money, so it can better serve the kids.
SEEKING FLEXIBILITY: Samoset Elementary in Bradenton, like many others around the state, faces restructuring under No Child Left Behind. That doesn't mean it hasn't done quite a bit to improve instruction each year leading up to this point. Now its principal, and several others, are seeking some leeway as they move ahead, the Herald-Tribune reports.
ENROLLMENT UP, MONEY DOWN: Community colleges, which are funded based on their past year's enrollment, are struggling to find ways to cope with the state's plan to cut budgets by 4 percent, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
RETIREMENT LAWSUIT: Two teachers are suing the National Education Association, claiming the teachers union recommended a high-cost retirement plan in exchange for millions from the plan managers, the LA Times reports. The case could become a national class-action suit.
SAT STUDYING MADE EASY: You can do it in the shower. You can do it with a comic book. You can even prep for the college entrance exam while listening to your iPod. But is it worth the effort? The Christian Science Monitor explores.